dj paris keeping it real podcast

D.J. Paris • Host

Over the last seven years I’ve recruited almost 600 Chicago real estate brokers to come work at our real estate firm, Kale Realty. Many of the brokers are new to the industry – some had just passed their state licensing exam that same day! And even though our firm offers full training and coaching, the question that we hear more often than any other is, “Could you connect me to a successful real estate agent that would mentor me?” A great question!

What I’ve found is that really successful real estate agents are busy. Too busy to mentor another broker, in most cases. They’re barely keeping up with their clients and answering calls and emails. I started thinking about what value I could bring to our brokers, in addition to our training and coaching. We started interviewing our successful agents and publishing those interviews internally. And, as we thought, brokers loved it. Our agents really liked hearing from veteran brokers about how they started, mistakes they’ve made, and how they continue to be successful in the industry.

And then it occurred to me – why not open it up to the entire broker community?

We have almost 600 brokers at our firm, but in Chicago there’s almost 40k total agents! So, I decided to start this podcast to give agents outside of our firm an opportunity to tell their story and share their successes. I hope it will be helpful to you in your business. Also, if you’re new to real estate and looking for a firm to join, this gives you access to dozens of different options. Of course, we’d love it if you joined our firm (we pay the highest real estate commissions in Chicago), but I interview brokers from every firm in town so they can talk about what they offer!

There’s no catch, no hidden agenda, nothing to buy or sell. Just brokers sharing what works for them. If you find it useful, tell another broker in your office about it. And if you think of someone (yes, you can nominate yourself) who would be a good interview, fill out the form here!

If you’d like to reach out to D.J. directly you can email him or call 312.238.9796.

jennifer honeycutt

Jennifer Honeycutt • Producer

What does a podcast producer do? Pretty much everything! I book talent, host pre-interviews, and handle post-production.

I moved from Kansas City to Chicago to attend the Second City Conservatory, but fell in love with the city and decided to stick around.  Currently in an A.A. program in Communications at Harold Washington College, I plan to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in either Marketing or Advertising and Public Relations upon graduation.  In my free time, I enjoy cooking, spending time at Lake Michigan, and attending comedy shows as often as possible.

hannah dalby

Hannah Dalby • Production Assistant

I coordinate all the social media activity and help create content for our listeners!

I am a junior at DePaul University majoring in Communication and Media Studies with minors in both Business Administration and Public and Legal Affairs. I grew up in the Chicagoland area, about 40 miles west of here, and loved the city so much I decided to come to college here. At my university I have two jobs, which are a Resident Advisor and an Intramural Referee. When I have free time, I love playing volleyball and basketball, reading, and going to concerts.